Swedish pop rock band The Cardigans first caught my attention with the release of the super catchy bubblegum-esque single 'LoveFool', for the 'Romeo + Juliet' soundtrack in 1996. The song became an instant '90s classic and easily the biggest single of the band. 'LoveFool' is by far the most happy pop song Nina Persson and co. have released. Their discography overall is more gritty and darker.
My absolute favourite The Cardigans album is 'Gran Turismo'. The album contains my favourite The Cardigans songs 'My Favourite Game' and 'Erase/Rewind', two gems that should've been as remembered as 'LoveFool', in my opinion. The video 'for 'My favourite Game' is one of the most simple, yet coolest I have ever seen. It's raw and out there. As a kid, I was only 11 years old when the video came out, I was obsessed with it. The song has so much energy, it's an anthem for being on the road.
The albums released after 'Gran Turismo' were not as in your face, but still very solid. 'Long Gone Before Daylight' showed a more folky side of the band, while 'Super Extra Gravity' again had more of a pop sound. The lead single of the latter, 'I Need Some Fine Wine An dYou, You Need To Be Nicer', is another example of how diverse the band can sound. I always thought it was a huge shame the song didn't blow up, because it's super catchy. Lyrics are funny as well.
After 'Super Extra Gravity', the band went on hiatus. Lead singer Nina Persson released some solo material and started a new side project A Camp. The material she released was alright, but nowhere as good as anything The Cardigans ever released. Ever since 2012 the band plays a few liveshows every now and then, but there's no word on new music. I truly wish they'd release at least one more album. I simply love Nina's voice too much.My favourite The Cardigans songs:
01. My Favourite Game
04. I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer
05. Burning Down The House (+ Tom Jones)
06. You're The Storm
07 For What It's Worth
09. Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)
10. Hanging Around
11. Your New Cuckoo
12. Live And Learn
13. Losing A Friend
14. Sick & Tired
15. Marvell Hill
17. Drip Drop Teardrop
19. Rise & Shine